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Members Only: Events and Specials

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As a member of the Autism Society - The Heartland, you will receive invitations to exclusive events and to take part in special deals. This page is where you will find the latest benefits and information that will help you take full advantage of everything your membership to Autism Society - The Heartland has to offer.

Not a member yet? Click here to find out more about memberships! Not sure if you are a current member? Once you register here, we will send you a friendly reminder if it is time to renew, OR you can contact us to double-check your membership status.

Johnson County Museum

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Autism Society - The Heartland's first Johnson County Museum event for members and their family will be Tuesday, September 28th from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. This is a members only private event for our families and individuals with autism that have a PAID 2021 membership.

All ages are welcome! This is a time for everyone to feel comfortable about going to the museum and not have to worry about your loved one. Johnson County Museum will have the following accommodations: Lower lights in the gallery and KidScape, Disable some interactives, Disable hand dryers, Provide temporary full-sized changing area, Provide low sensory room for visitors who need a break, Offer sensory bags available to be used during your visit, Provide additional signage to assist in navigation and aid in understanding museum rules and expectations. A sensory-friendly map, visual checklist, and social narrative guides to the museum and KidScape available here: https://www.jcprd.com/1686/Sensory-Friendly-Mondays

This is a great opportunity to meet other families in the autism community. We will have a merchandise table with lots of new autism trinkets available.

Not a member or need to renew your membership? You can still attend! You have the ability to join or renew your membership online prior to the event or at the event. Membership for a family is $30 for the year. Not sure if you are a current member? Contact our office at 913-706-0042 or ashofficeasst@gmail.com to confirm.

This is an RSVP event only, so please register today! We look forward to seeing you there! Questions about the event call us at 913-706-0042 or email ashofficeasst@gmail.com.

Sensory Friendly Santa Photos

The holidays can bring many moments of sensory overload for all of us, but especially for those with autism. A trip to the mall or local department store to see Santa can be unnerving. At Autism Society - The Heartland, we are hoping to take the stress out of seeing Santa! Autism Society-The Heartland partners with Santa America to host a Sensory Friendly Pictures With Santa event each holiday season. This event will be held on December 5, 2021, but the location is TBD. 

Parents can sign up for a 15-20 minute appointment so their child can visit Santa stress-free. This will also alleviate the long lines and cut down on the noise and chaos. Photos will be taken in a calm environment, and as a paid-member of Autism Society - The Heartland, you will receive your photos for FREE. Pictures will be emailed to the email address you provide during online registration for this event. Pictures will be sent to you within two weeks of the event.

We want to make each individual’s visit as special as possible! To do this, we ask that you please send a letter to Santa with the individual’s first and last name, and holiday wishlist to our email ashofficeasst@gmail.com with SANTA LETTER in the subject line, OR please mail your letters to Autism Society - The Heartland, P.O. Box 4455, Olathe, KS 66063. If mailing, please mail early to allow enough time to process through USPS.

If needed, we have a few resources to communicate with Santa including a social story as well as a language board/icon page. Please contact us at 913-706-0042 or ashofficeasst@gmail.com for these resources.

Splash Cove

Join us for Autism Society - The Heartland's Annual Splash Cove Event for members and their families in 2022! The official date for this event is TBD.

This is a members only, private event for our families of individuals with autism. Ages 0 to 88 are welcome! This is a time for everyone to feel comfortable about going to the pool and not have to worry about your loved one. This is a great opportunity to meet other families in the autism community. Splash Cove helps to ensure a sensory-friendly event, with the music volume lowered and a restriction on the number of attendees. Make sure to RSVP early for this event!

There will not be concessions available for purchase. Please feel free to bring your own snacks or even have a picnic (NO glass or adult beverages please). Autism Society - The Heartland will have our merchandise table open with lots of new autism items available for purchase. All proceeds help directly fund our mission.

Questions about the event? Call us at 913-706-0042 or email ashofficeasst@gmail.com.

Additional Events and Specials

Throughout each calendar year we have additional member-only events. Please see our Calendar of Events for additional activities. In the past these events have included, but are not limited to:

  • Day at the Zoo

  • Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Sensory Friendly events

  • Sensory Friendly Day at Museum at Prairiefire

Our members also receive special discounts to attend all our fundraising events and are eligible to receive our grants and scholarships and COVID-19 Relief Fund.

Past Member-Only Event Galleries: